August 10th, 2008
04:25 PM ET
10 years ago

McCain VP buzz starts at the airport

Tom Ridge will be hitting the campaign trail with John McCain this week.

Tom Ridge will be hitting the campaign trail with John McCain this week.

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain spends the next two days campaigning through Pennsylvania with the state’s former Gov. Tom Ridge at his side.

Anytime McCain appears with someone that might be on his vice presidential shortlist, it stirs up a whole new round of speculation. And as Pennsylvania is a key battleground state, Ridge is getting plenty of attention.

Ridge, a former Homeland Security Secretary, grew up in Erie and begin his political career in the northwest Pennsylvania city where the McCain tour begins.

And if the presumptive Republican nominee needed any reminder of Ridge’s prominence, he’ll get it the moment his plane sets down. The Erie International Airport where McCain lands late Sunday afternoon is also named “Tom Ridge Field” in the hometown politico’s honor.

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  1. Anonymous

    McCain '08 and Hillary '12

    August 10, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. w.l. jones

    CNN " Wake me up" when you know who" come back off vacation" I am becoming bored the last few day. !Yawn!

    August 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. Sherri

    Ridge, not a chance! McCain has to choose someone who's youthful in appearance. 2 old looking guys is just too much to stand until he loses in November. McCain should make Cindy his VP, she is with him at every junction to keep him focused and awake! His comments about Russia was stupid and he was criticized for it, McCain is living and breathing for some kind of war or conflict to engage in. Hey Star Trek 's Scotty! Beam him back to the 19th century.

    August 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Delphine

    Mccain and his losing team; it's a completly waste of time and money.
    Folks are fed up with the republicans, so it's over and done for John...

    BARACK OBAMA 08 leads the pack.

    August 10, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  5. George Soros

    I just finished reading "The Case Against Barack Obama: The Unlikely Rise and Unexamined Agenda of the Media's Favorite Candidate."

    Oh crap.

    August 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  6. Steve, Binghamton, Ny

    Tom Ridge is the wrong guy for a VP slot. He's too weak. You need somebody at that spot that has charisma and show a little aggressiveness. I don't understand why Romney is not strongly considered? Afterall he won aproximately 10 states and would have
    won a few more if he didn't quit. You'd think logically that you add his states along with McCains' states and that now you have a populous winner. Politicians never use logic. They are all stupid, especially Obama/Reid/Pelosi combo. Absolutely no logic whatsoever.

    August 10, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  7. Martin

    Yeah, good choice! Gives Obama the chance to color-code the McCain/Ridge campaign. Blue is for "out of touch/no clue", yellow for "smearing/swiftboating" and red for "outright lying in the face of facts". Makes campaigning easier for them. And us. Ever seen a rainbow?

    August 10, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  8. micheal

    I use to work in the oil fields for eight years its not the way mccain says it is he lies to the amercian people about . nancy polliski and t ,b and barack, hillary are right about offshore drilling how for one to drill offshore its going to take one month to move the drilling rig in place . two its going to drill the hole about six or eight months to drill thats if you hit any thing it could be a dry hole thats a hight risk the taxs payers dont have that money maccain. and no oil that wood cost about 1 or 2 billon dallars and land drilling in 1967 was my last year for drilling it cost 1 millon to drill on land thats moving the rig and start driling. now on land to move the rig and get all sit up to drill the hole for oil or gas takes one or two weeks to drill in colo,ne and wyo .they one deep drilling rig in colo it took all most eight months to drill and thats on land . do it thats a high risk . you have to no about drilling for mccain which you don,t or the economy and your full of bufflo paty like you called your wife at the motorcycle rally in s.d bad boy mccain think before you talk. by the way does your wife write your notes when you to the campain rally for the people and why are you all ways right and dont no whats on the note very well do have to think whats on there. and other thing you don,t no how to run a p.c very well o thats google you thats bad when the kids have to go to school and learn about p.c,s and here got a mccain thats running for the white house thats don,t what makes the kids in school think very low. want to build 48 more power plant are you out of you mind why don,t blow us up mccain look what happen in russia and that was one power plant. things happen mccain. dont talk about what barack is doing for the people . tell the people what you are going to do for the amercian people thats how to run a campain and no lies because you can,t

    August 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  9. Barack Obama

    Actually George Bush and John McCain are nothing alike.
    It's just that all Republicans look alike to me.

    August 10, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  10. BlueDog Dem

    Susie, try reading The Audacity of Hope..on sale at bookstores...I challenge you to uphold the Republican "leadership" talking points after you've informed yourself about the man instead of letting Rush Limbaugh and FOX News do it for you.

    August 10, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  11. California Gold

    Poor Susie Cream Cheese. Susie has been asleep or unconscious for the last 7-1/2 years. Blaming the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the housing crisis, the economy Bush has driven into the ditch and record level fuel prices on someone other than the man who has been in charge: the President. From there segues to McCain has experience to lead. What color is the sky in your world Susie! LMBO.

    August 10, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. Max

    You're absolutely right Susie, Bush did the best he could under the circumstances he was faced with. As for VP pick, I'd probably go with Romney. He brings economic experience, youth, and speaks well. Listening to Obama and his Preacher talk gets on your nerves after a while. Bottom line is he doesn't have the experience to be trusted to run this Incredible Nation of ours and there's no disputing that.

    August 10, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  13. LOL

    "McCain seems to be the only choice we have. Wake up America!"


    August 10, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  14. Larry

    John ... please pick Ridge as your VP

    Your campaign is already sinking like the Titanic

    For us Obama supporters, he would be great addition to pulling you under

    Great choice ...

    Though it doesn't matter who you pick ...

    You've already lost without any help ...

    August 10, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  15. kay

    Mccain brags about experience. He is truly experienced in helping the rich get richer, the poor gets poorer, the national debt gets bigger, the health care system gets worse and woman rights get rolled back. Mccain wants to spend billions fighting unnecessary wars rather than spend on education health care and infrastructure. Obama's good judgement wins over Mccain's experience in failures.

    August 10, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  16. trudy

    every time i see Mc Cain , he is reading of a Paper , someone else wrote , those not his Words , he is as stupid , an ignore as Bush , an those two are the biggest liar ,the world has ever seen ,on the other Hand People wake up , Obama is very smart , he is not as stupid as Mc Cain , an he is the most boring Men i ever seen to run for President , he has no education what so ever , an he will go on lying ,just like Busch Did , if you vote for him ,you deserve everything , what he dishes aut .i said 4 years ago , on line ,that at will be a desaster if america votes for him .an sure anaff the did at again four Years later , an dont you see or learn jet ,from all this ,an if you vote for Mc cain ,you will be in more trouble then you are today ,Mc Cain is worse then Bush .he sleeps with the Ol Companey sdont say ,i didnt warn you ,

    August 10, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  17. Mauri

    No matter how many people say it, McCain is his own man. And a good one. I don't dislike Tom Ridge, but hope he'll pick Mitt Romney, which will not only be a good PR person (remember his economic strength), and his ability to get a point over about the opposition. Besides that, John McCain and Mitt Romney will make a good, honest pair.

    August 10, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. DR. YES

    susie.look where all that experience has gotten us.mccian has 26 years experience,and has apparently done little.our current status as world police doesnt work ,either.

    August 10, 2008 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  19. Linda James-Wayne

    McCain's only chance of winning the presidency is with Mitt Romney.
    Togather they make a teriffic team to help bring back America's greatness. I hope that McCain will forgive Mitt for the opposition in the past and realize that M+M {as someone else suggested} would be a big bang toward the nomination of President and VP. Lets bring back Honor, Integrity and Experience to the most important political position
    in the USA. Go McCain + Mitt !!!


    August 10, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  20. Es

    I grew up in the 'Clinton Era'. I remember what it was like when Democrats were in charge of the White House. We had a budget surplus, an even economy, and a decent sense of safety. Since Bush has taken office, I have seen the whole country on an ever worsening spiral out of control. It makes me very sad to see it.

    I think many of my generation are choosing to vote for Obama for the same reasons I am. I have a complete lack of faith in anything the Republicans put forward. Everything they touch turns into a despicable mess.

    Early in the races, I though McCain would be a decent Republican president, if the Dems did not win. I do not think so anymore. I have seen the vilest tactics and have watched a man that I once respected morph into a carbon copy of Bush. I want a change! McCain will not give it to us. No matter his VP, McCain will not do anything differently from Bush.

    Wake up America, indeed. McCain is nothing but Bush in a mask.

    August 10, 2008 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  21. John

    Contrary to your view of the situation Observer I don't see much change presented by Obama (well and Mccain too), except that he is taking down the lobbyists in Washington D.C.......oh wait he takes money from them for his campaign. Neither candidates really present any change for our national and foriegn policies rather "Change" seems to be a little catch phrase that is charging up naive voters who probably have no idea what the two candidates positions really are.

    August 10, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Betty

    "Obama may sound good, but does he have the experience needed to lead this great nation?"

    Well, Cheney & Rumsfeld both had many years of experience in Washington and look at the mess they got us into. Obama's intelligence, good judgement and common sense outweigh their experience anytime. And how can we trust McCain to tell us the truth about anything considering the outright lies he's telling us now, I always respected McCain, but not anymore.

    August 10, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  23. Lucky

    I am Unemploy with 4 childrens, our Cie had been shut down, why would I vote for McCain ?

    August 10, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  24. Farnk, Las Vegas

    To Susie,
    If anyone needs to wake up, it's You! What was Bush handed you say, well for starters, a $128 billion dollar surplus, now we are in the hole $480 billion dollars and growing every day. As for your suggested reading, it has already has been shown to be filled with half truths and more often than not, outright lies! What can you expect from a guy who was behind the swift-boat tactics. So dear Susie, try getting your information from more than one source. You'll be surprised what you can learn that way. It's time you open your mind and let the sunshine in. I wish you luck.

    August 10, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Arizona Official

    who cares! they are all punch of corruption Republicans all the same ideas, same old styles of politics the American people can't stand their Government. We don't need them in office today. We need something new and different from their corrupt party. If they get elected, people please wake up! We don't need another corrupt Bush's term in the whitehouse. Obama for a change we can believe in.

    August 10, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
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